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-Interview conducted by the talented Ari Carr-

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The Brothers Ford clearly up to no good

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Jason Ford, of  The Womb Mates podcast, The Servant and general interwebby fame is one of the most enthusiastic people I’ve ever had the pleasure of talking to about comics. Everything he says is fired up with the passion of a thousand suns, and he takes such pride in his work it’s hard not to be inspired by his crazy work ethic. I was recently lucky enough to be able to grab a chunk out of his busy schedule to interview him about his podcast, his web comic The Servant and his work here at Fifth Dimension…

AC: Hi Jason! You have a hell of a lot of stuff going on in the geekosphere [the Wombmates podcast, your comic The Servant and working on Ascension for 5D]. What’s it like to be putting so much out there?

JF:  First off thanks for interviewing me! As to why I put so much out there… Quite simply because it’s so easy to do now! With social media, like twitter and the internet, that is a must in today’s society, its easy reaching out there and getting people interested in what you’re doing. It all comes back to creating something you love, putting it out there and now it’ll find the people who also love it. I put so much out there because I have so many (sometimes too many) projects going on. It’s a great problem to have though. I have also found out that I don’t need sleep. Imagine that…

AC: What’s your favourite thing to work on?

JF: My favourite thing to work on is The Servant by far. It’s a project that I have been writing for the last 10 years and have finally pulled the trigger on letting it go into the wilds of the internet. It’s a comic that has everything I love in a comic but isn’t being done right now. The tag line I use is ‘It’s the greatest D&D game you never played!”

AC: Have you found places where all your work can come together?

JF: The Womb Mate podcast has opened a LOT of doors for us. We’ve been able to meet indie creators which turn into great friends and even hosts of the show like Andrew Grieve of Team Stryker! We’ve also met guys that we are now working with on comics like KING BONE PRESS and of course 5th DIMENSION COMICS. All and all the podcast is a great hub for us to do all the creative ideas that we have.

AC: Your comic The Servant is a fast-paced hilarious action adventure! Tell me about the creation process.

JF: The Servant is a high fantasy tale that deals with 6 brothers in a world readying for a new God and has been in my head for a LONG time now. The creative process has been a blast! I get to work with Felipe Anguanio on art, Sean Fagan on lettering and of course my brother, James as an editor. I have the entire 9 chapter story paced out and I’m in the middle of doing the thumbnails of issue 6. First I go over the story for each issue with James and then from there I do thumbnails which I then send to Felipe to beautifully draw. Once I get the pages back I then do the dialog. Then I send it off to Sean to work his magic on lettering and then finally to James for a final proof read and then I post it to the website! I work in a sort of the Marvel way I guess. It’s been working for us.

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Jason and Felipe running shit

AC: Where would you like to see The Servant in the future?

JF: The future of The Servant is set in my mind, it’s just the matter of getting done with the art. I want to go to Kickstarter with the project as soon as Chapter One is done. Right now I’m doing zine sized books that I hand out as ‘advertisement’ trying to get the word out about it. I will always keep it up at the website for free to read because that’s how I roll. From there I will do a Kickstarter every time a chapter is done.

AC: What’s the inspiration behind The Servant?

JF: The inspiration behind The Servant is that it’s the story that I have to tell. Pure and simple. It’s about leaving some mark on this world while you’re here and doing The Servant is my calling. I also love being creative so that helps. It’s the story that wakes me up at night while I scramble for my notebook to write down a scene in. Don’t laugh it has happened more than once.

AC: Your podcast is a riot! What’s the best thing about podcasting?

JF: The best thing by FAR in doing the podcast are the people we meet! It’s a sneaky way for us to talk to the people who make the comics we like reading! We’re clever like that…

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AC: What’s it like podcasting with your brother?

JF: Growing up James and I were the only ones that liked comics and all we had were each other to talk about them with so it was a pretty easy decision to do one with each other. To say we had a lot of practice is an understatement.

AC: You recently had my friend Andrew Grieve [Team Stryker web comic] on the show. Do you get guests often?

JF: Andrew is now a permanent host on the podcast! He’s a perfect fit on The Womb Mates and I really can’t imagine doing the show without him now. As to getting guests on, we try to get creators with Kickstarters going on to hype up their projects or creators that we’re big fans of. It doesn’t always work with everyone’s hectic schedules but we try to help the indie guys out as much as we can.

AC: What can you tell me about Ascension? I love the sound of it!

JF: Ahh… Ascension… That’s the million dollar question David Brown should be answering! It started out as a short story David did but then quickly spiralled into this massive project that involves a lot of creators, me being lucky enough to be one of them. It’s basically a world ending story told in 3 parts. The first part is going to have world building and will be the set-up of the crisis told through the different races of the realm. That will be in an anthology trade. The second part will be 3 different story lines told by 3 different creative teams all coming together in the end. The third part will be ‘the event’ where the second part left off and will be an original graphic novel or OGN. David and I have had some LONG talks about it and I will say when it’s done it will be like when DC did 52 only indie style!

AC: What is the inspiration behind Ascension? It sounds like a hugely ambitious project!

JF: We wanted to do something that we each haven’t tried before. David really liked what I was doing and I loved Wisdom of Fools so that was an easy match.  Along with David and I, we have Philip Nolte on board helping with the writing duties.  I never worked with a ‘writing team’ before and it turns out I love it! Doing comics is such a solitary experience and can get lonely but this way you can bounce ideas around and become a much better writer. I know I have. We want to push the comic medium in different directions and try new things. This project is perfect for that. Now if we could only have some spare cash to pay these artist…

AC: What do you hope to get out of Ascension?

JF: What I hope to get from this experience is an Eisner because when we pull this off it will definitely deserve one! It’s a HUGE project and we have a TON of creators helping out for free so an Eisner is the least they could do! I kid… I kid… but it would be nice!

AC: Will there be any crossover of your work- elements of The Servant appearing in Ascension and vice versa?

JF:  I’m sure I’ll throw some nerd eggs in there from The Servant but not any full blown cross-over work. Not yet that is… DUN DUN DUNNNNN!!!!!! Being a creator owned book does have its perks in that I don’t have to answer to anyone when I make comics. James, Andrew and I do have a cross-over project coming soon that is pretty funny but that’s all I’ll say for now.

AC: Tell me about your projects with Fifth Dimension.

JF: My other project with 5th Dimension is The Gifted that started out as a 4 page break from The Servant for Felipe and myself that has tail-spun into a 16 page epic battle!!! All I will say about it is that it has a 100 foot tall baby fighting Godzilla. Mic. Dropped.

AC: What do you hope to bring to Fifth Dimension?

JF: I hope to bring awesome comics and a ton of attention to 5th Dimension Comics by the projects I’m doing with them and the hype we do for them on the podcast and blogs. David is a great guy to work with and we share the idea of doing comics for the pure love of them. Also it’s really fun working with all the guys over there!

AC: Where do you hope to be next year in regards to your comics?

JF: Next year will hopefully have The Servant #1 the 48 page comic in print, the Ascension anthology out, James and my anthology for The Womb Mates out, The Gifted in print and James and my comic strip, The Swashbucklers of Shadow Seas, coming back! So yeah… I’ll be busy.

AC: Lastly, do you have any teasers about what we can expect from you in the future?

JF: *shaking magic 8 ball* The future says… With the help of Pete, our Womb Wizard, we are going to finish off our stop animation short Twin Tales with a movie. We’re also working on a 8 bit video game to accompany The Servant and a web series is in the works as well. All in all, The Womb Mates will be quite busy for a long time to come!!! As always…enjoy!!! BOOM.

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For more info on Jason Ford and his kingdom, check out http://thewombmates.com/ and follow him on Twitter @Thunderduck360 or @thewombmates

For more on Ari Carr, visit her endlessly entertaining blog at: http://comicsandcookies.com/ and follow her on Twitter @Ariellalphabet

After it’s extended hiatus, Punk ‘n Hood have returned! If you’re wondering if they’ve stopped being total dicks to each other…well, read on, friends…

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Art by: D.N.S.  (@portless)

Lettered by: P.A. Nolte  (@PANolte)

Written by: David M. Brown  (@5dComics, @spiralizer)

Our resident journalist, Ari Carr recently got a chance to sit down and have a chat with Fifth Dimension Comics co-founder D.N.S.  Read on!

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Artist extraordinaire, full-time weirdo and all round great guy DNS is one of the core members here at Fifth Dimensions, and without him, we’d be lost. I wouldn’t have my Beasts of Baxley webcomic. There wouldn’t be the awesome art we have on The Magician. Things would generally be less awesome without his twisted insight. I recently interviewed DNS on art, comics, and what makes him tick…

AC: Tell me about your projects with Fifth Dimension.

DNS: The projects… Well so far, most of what I’ve done with 5D went into the Wisdom of Fools book, but other than that, me and David (Brown) plan on following up The Magician so I’m looking forward to getting into that later this year. As for other projects, I’m pretty easy going so if something comes and I think I can do it without fucking it up then I’ll do it and drag my hairy knuckles around the page for a while and try and make sense of it.

AC: What do you enjoy working on?

DNS: I enjoy most of what we have done so far, but some stuff more than others, but that’s natural. I get a kick out of doing Punk N Hood though. It’s so random, it just makes me smile while doing it.

AC: Tell me about the art book you plan on releasing. What’s the inspiration behind it?

DNS: Ahh, okay, the art book! Well, what to tell really… I’d like to say it has some sort of agenda or secret plans inside to give you a better life, but truth be told it’s fairly random things that strike me as fun at the time. In an average day, I maybe draw and finish around six pics so this book is the place to put them for better or for worse.

AC: Do you plan on using Kickstarter or a crowd-funding process to get it made?

DNS: I’m not sure if the book will be in print or download as yet, but I would love to see it go into print. It just depends on how many people wanna see my random scribbles without saying something like “shit man, was this drawn by a kid, or a chimp with better than average motor skills?!”

AC: What sort of art do you like creating the most?

DNS: I pretty much like doing any art I really don’t have a preference at all. If I’m into the subject and I can get my around it or feel I can do something with it, then I go for it. I think most of what I do should have the disclaimer warning ‘results may vary’ haha.

AC: Is there any work you’ve done with Fifth Dimension that you’re especially proud of?

DNS: I’m proud of everything that I have done at 5D since me and David met and had a little dream and thought it could happen and everything rolled from there! So yeah, I’m proud of it all and everything everyone has done for it.

AC: What’s your favourite title you like making art for?

DNS: Favourite title… I’d say The Magician mainly because between us we kinda know where he is going and what he’s about. Plus, I get a kick out of drawing him! It’s cool and he came pretty easily.

AC: Is it difficult to create artwork for the variety of webcomics you work on?

DNS: Ahh, the webcomic! Well as you know, seeing as we do one of them together, they’re fun things to do! I always wanted the ones I was involved to be breezy, that’s why when I approached you, I had the stupid idea to have it limited to three panels a week, so it sorta had that ‘daily strip’ feel to it, though I’m not too sure if that comes across, but that’s down to me and not you haha! But no, to be honest, it’s not hard to do. If anything, they’re more fun, mainly because they’re shorter.

AC: What do you hope to bring to Fifth Dimension with your art book?

DNS: I’m not sure the art book will, or even intends to bring anything other than a look into a bit of my work away from doing strips. Hopefully it will be seen for what it is- a bit of fun! I’d like it to be the kind of book that is taken into the bathroom- y’know, help pass a few minutes a life and maybe puts a smile on your face… Or a frown. I’m good for either!

AC: You have a very unique art style. What has influenced your style?

DNS: I’m not sure on my influence. I kinda magpie things I like, and there’s so much stuff it’s hard ot pinpoint. I love Ash Wood a great deal, but also I really love Bill Watterson, so I don’t know. It’s really hard to pick just one. If something grabs my attentions, be it art, writing, or a song even, I tend to go a bit bat-shit and collect all I can on that person or person’s work, and somehow that all spills out in some way. Whether it’s apparent or not in the work, but it’s all there if you look really close.

AC: Lastly, do you have any teasers about what we can expect from you in the future?

DNS: Hmmm, teasers… Well other than The Magician follow up, there is a story I’ve been daydreaming over for around fifteen years now called Poughkeepsie’s Blues I’d really like to get that out there! Other than that, hell, I have no idea! Probably the same ol’ horseshit from me ‘till someone puts me back in my box and hides me away until I’m needed again, haha.

AC: Do you have any messages for the readers?

DNS: Cheers for the little chat! I would just like to thank everyone who reads the blog and got the book for their support, it really does mean everything to me and all of 5D, so thank you, cheers and beers!

You can get an eye full of D.N.S. on Twitter @portless or visit his kick ass art shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/ArtbyDNS

Need more Ari Carr in your life? Of course you do. Follow her on Twitter @ariellalphabet. Then you must check out her beautifully written comics reviews and discussion over at her website http://myheartliesinfilmandcomics.blogspot.com

 

2013 was a banner year for us. With the success of our Kickstarter project, The Wisdom of Fools (read a review of the book on my site, comicsandcookies.com) and the beginning of a variety of new, awesome web comics, we’ve decided to make 2014 even better. Filled full of more comics, short- and long-form stories, amazing artwork and more. Boy, do we have some things planned for you.

Following on from the success of The Wisdom of Fools, we plan on putting together another anthology. Our main focus will be upon our ‘evolved anthology’ called Ascension: Tales from a Dying World, which currently has eleven creators attached. The anthology will feature a series of stories which all take place in the same world, and at some point, all of the stories will converge, to create a linked universe. Ascension will be one of Fifth Dimension’s brainchildren for the year, and having read the first story (written by David M. Brown and with art by Sean Seal) I promise you, you will not want to miss out on this fantasy/sci-fi epic.

There are also very loose plans for a follow-up to The Wisdom of Fools, and this time, it will be a sci-fi anthology. However, with the current workload focussing predominantly on Ascension, The Wisdom of Fools 2 will be sitting pretty on the back burner.

Fans of The Magician rejoice! Everyone’s favourite surly hit-man will return in his own on-going web comic called Closing Down, and will be written by Brown and with art by D.N.S. Again, this project is on the backburner for this year, but we plan on releasing some pages before the year is over.

Adding to our army of web comics, there are several new ones on their way, as well as all the usual’s. The new title, Kali, will be from Erica Crockett and Jason Themm! The others are still too early to be announced but they are on their way.

Like your comics a bit off the wall? David Brown and Shannon Gretzon have got you covered! Their insane new book titled ‘Chewler’ is on the way. Aliens, Hitler, a computer named Grandmother Supreme, a cat named Curly and tentacles. Prepare yourself.

Last but not least, Dennis Coyle III and David Brown will be releasing a 44 page story called Plague Doktor (the eagle-eyed among you may remember seeing a teaser for this in The Wisdom of Fools!). Touted by Brown as being one of his best ever scripts and with jaw-dropping art from Coyle, we here at Fifth Dimension Comics are very, very excited to bring this new project to our readers.

So there you have it. We’re gonna make this year ours, and the world is never quite going to be the same again…

-5d Comics is eternally grateful for the hard work of the lovely and talented Ari Carr! Follow her antics on Twitter @Ariellalphabet or on her excellent website: http://comicsandcookies.com/

Kali

Posted: February 9, 2014 in Web Exclusive Comics
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Fifth Dimension Comics Presents:

Kali

Written by: Erica Crockett

Art by: Jason Themm

Lettered by: P.A. Nolte

 

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And so begins a new saga! It is our aim to bring you a new installment of Kali monthly so keep checking back! Enjoy!

Check out more of Erica’s work at  www.ericacrockett.com

On Twitter you can find the creators at:

Erica Crockett: @EricaCrockett

Jason Themm: @jthemm

P.A. Nolte: @PANolte

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